The City of Medford is working to evaluate how a recent court ruling pertaining to prohibited camping violations in public streets and public parks will impact operations. Until the City Council has the opportunity to consider and discuss the potential code amendments, the Medford Police Department will be enforcing prohibited camping as a non-criminal violation.
The city’s legal department has researched the impacts this case has on the current prohibited camping ordinance and staff is proposing code amendments for Council’s consideration to accommodate both compliance with the recent court ruling while also facilitating Health and Safety Operations along the Bear Creek Greenway. One potential option for Council to consider is reclassifying prohibited camping as a non-criminal violation instead of a crime.
The ruling will not prohibit the City from continuing to partner with local agencies and organizations in performing Health and Safety Operations along the Bear Creek Greenway. Furthermore, Medford Police will continue to enforce any other ordinance and state statute violations in city parks, and the city in general.
Homelessness is a complex, challenging issue and a priority for the City. We’re actively working with partners to reduce hardships that lead to the homelessness of our residents and families with children and increase access to affordable housing for those at-risk of becoming homeless.
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- Learn more about our Bear Creek Maintenance and Safety Efforts.